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Global governance campaigning and MDGs: From top-down to bottom-up anti-poverty work

Patrick Bond

Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal

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The Millennium Development Goals were generated nontransparently by the United Nations, itself simultaneously moving to embrace the Washington Consensus with its pro-corporate Global Compact, endorsement of 'Type 2' Public-Private Partnership privatisation strategies, and growing collaboration with the World Bank. Aspirational targets like the MDGs are far less important than the actual social struggles underway across the world for basic needs and democracy. Campaigning for MDGs distracts us from solidarity with the real agents of progressive social and environmental history.

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